Inspect for holes, cuts, tearing, fluid leakage or heat damage. Repair as necessary.
Removal & Installation
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Drain automatic transaxle fluid.
- Drain manual transaxle oil.
- Remove front wheel.
- Remove front axle hub nut.
- Separate front speed sensor (w/ abs).
- Separate front stabilizer link assembly.
- Separate tie rod end sub-assembly.
- Separate front lower suspension arm.
- Separate front axle assembly
Remove the 2 bolts and transmission case protector.
NOTEDo not damage the oil seal. Do not damage the inboard joint boot. Do not drop the drive shaft.
- Remove front halfshaft assembly LH:
Using a screwdriver and hammer, remove front drive shaft assembly RH
NOTEThe hub bearing could be damaged if it is subjected to the vehicle's full weight, such as when moving the vehicle with the drive shaft removed. If it is absolutely necessary to place the vehicle's full weight on the hub bearing, first support it with SST 09608-16042.
Install front drive shaft assembly LH and RH:
- For Automatic Transaxle: Coat the spline of the inboard joint with ATF.
- For Manual Transaxle: Coat the spline of the inboard joint with gear oil.
Align the inboard joint splines and install the drive shaft with a screwdriver and hammer.
NOTENote the following:
NOTEConfirm whether the drive shaft is securely driven in by checking the reaction force and sound.
Face the cut area of the front drive inboard joint hole snap ring downward.
- Install the transmission case protector with the 2 bolts.
- To complete the installation, reverse the remaining removal procedure.
- Add automatic transaxle fluid or manual transaxle oil.
- Inspect the fluid.
- Check for transmission leakage.
- Inspect and adjust front wheel alignment.